I’ve Been Accused of Faking My Injury — Now What?
It’s an unfortunate reality that insurance companies who represent the at-fault driver sometimes try to reduce the case value of an injured individual by claiming that one or more injuries are actually fake. Keep reading to learn more about why this may happen and what you can do to prove the authenticity of your injuries.
Beware Gaps in Medical Treatment
One of the reasons an insurance company may accuse you of faking an injury is long gaps between treatment. This may give them a window to come in and say that if you were really hurt, you would need consistent medical treatment — and the fact that you were able to skip appointments implies that your injury either isn’t as bad as you claimed, or doesn’t exist at all.
The same idea applies if you wait a long time after the accident to seek medical treatment, which is why it’s essential to go to the doctor right away if you’ve been involved in an accident — even if you feel okay.
The bottom line: even if you feel like you’re not hurt that badly, or you feel like an inconvenience if you ask someone to take you to the doctor, go anyway so that there is a record of you going for your claim.
No matter how “small” your treatment may seem, document everything from prescriptions to doctor’s visits and more. If your only method of transportation was totaled in the accident and you have trouble getting to and from appointments consistently, document that as well so that if gaps in your treatment are brought up by the other side, you can point to that as the reason.
The bottom line: if you are having trouble getting to the doctor for any reason, whether it’s because you don’t want to be a burden on someone or you have trouble getting a ride, document it and do the very best you can to keep your treatments consistent.
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